Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth for First Time Since 2012

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees open the playoffs with a winner-take-all game on Tuesday. Houston leads the race for the second AL wild-card spot. The team’s consecutive years of failure to secure a spot was their first since the 1982-93 drought. He allowed five hits and reached 10 wins for the fourth time. Peter Abraham has the story from yet another solid outing on Rich Hill’s resurrection tour. It is possible the Yankees could see the Rangers as well, as the Rangers haven’t clinched the AL West yet. Three innings, one hit, no walks, no runs, and three strikeouts.

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The Yankees are 37-35 against AL East foes.

A 14-14 August that coincided with the Toronto Blue Jays’ 21-6 post-trade-deadline explosion brought the men in pinstripes down a peg, but they stayed competitive and banged down the postseason barrier. They have decreased their season average of 4.8 runs per game by averaging 3.1 during that stretch. His parity was deceiving him, and he started to topple in reverse. Drew Hutchison (13-5) took the loss.

He then got back in his auto and drove on.

New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova pauses on the mound in the sixth inning of the first baseball gam …

Bird connected off Jean Machi in the seventh, and Refsnyder hit the second of his big league career against Heath Hembree in the eighth, adding a safety margin. Castillo didn’t wow in Triple A, where he hit.282/.337/.385 in 40 games, and his 117 games pointed to a player who had a hard time staying on the field.

The Reds finished 0-7 on their last home stand of the season. After going 15-12 in June, New York walloped the competition to the tune of a 17-7 mark in July.

It was gratifying to the team, and gratifying to their one-time ace who proved he could still play his part.

Brad Boxberger pitched a flawless ninth for his 41st save, taking over the American League lead from Huston Street.

The Yankees managed to give up four walks in their last game. They rode a viable, if not creative, exertion by C. C. Sabathia, who has discovered late-season existence with a support for his degenerative right knee that he called “a lifeline”.

The glimpse offered a reminder: For all of the promise the Red Sox have shown in the final days of the season, work remains.

ATLANTA – Stephen Strasburg continued his strong September to help Washington beat Atlanta.

Eickhoff, facing a lineup of Mets reserves, went seven innings and allowed four hits. Nova has gone 6-10 with a 4.89 ERA in 16 starts on the season. He struck out 44 in 29 innings. The Yankees went on to outscore Boston 42-9, sweeping all four matchups on unfriendly turf, and more importantly trimming what was once a 14-game deficit to just three. It was the first save opportunity for the Nationals since closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended for the final week of the season. Even in my really good years, I’d have a few periods-two, three weeks-where I just looked bad. Check out Dent’s go-ahead home run in the video below.

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Nunez scored and Rosario went to third on a wild pitch by Allen.

Red Sox notebook: Streak ends with Yanks party